Who we are
We are Mercy Corps Northwest – a local arm of the global organization, Mercy Corps, that fights the world’s toughest problems by empowering people to build secure, productive and just communities.
Our mission: To invest in communities, uncover breakthrough solutions and fight for equitable opportunities across the Pacific Northwest.
We know that when we invest in potential, individuals and families are given the ability to thrive—not just survive. Together, we work to break the intergenerational cycles of poverty in Oregon and Washington.
How we got here
Mercy Corps Northwest programming began in 1998 with a goal to reduce unemployment, grow personal incomes and assets, and increase economic growth. Today, we house a number of programs to support this mission with offices located in Portland, Seattle, Southwest Washington and Walla Walla.
- Empower 2,100 small business owners each year with funding, education and mentorship.
- Support women-owned businesses at the Oregon Women’s Business Center, sponsored by the U.S. Small Business Administration.
- Reduce the rate that incarcerated women commit repeat offenses by 50% with prison reentry support.
- Improve services at more than 30 local nonprofits that work to alleviate poverty by placing AmeriCorps VISTA members.
- Support underserved communities and small business owners with disaster preparedness knowledge.
Learn more about our programs.
Who we serve
Mercy Corps Northwest is committed to assisting low-income citizens of Oregon and Washington to create more productive, secure and satisfying lives for themselves, their families and their communities. We support them in increasing their economic self-sufficiency and community integration by providing resources and support in their efforts to improve their lives.
- Our clients across programs are 70% women and 30% men. In our small business programs, 63% of clients identify as women
- 80% of our clients represent underserved communities within our region including people of color, immigrants or migrants, women or gender non-binary, and non-English speakers
- 1 in 3 of our clients identify as People of Color including Black, Indigenous, Hispanic and Latinx, Asian, and other historically marginalized groups
- The majority of MCNW clients live at, or slightly above, the federal poverty line and below 80% of Median Family Income (MFI). Rarely do our clients’ incomes exceed 200% of the prevailing U.S. government poverty rate.